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Basic advice such as: eating less and exercizing more is inherent in the national battle to lose weight, but with fast food offering quick and cheap access to palatable food, people are compromising health for convenience. With 65% of the American adult population qualifying as overweight and 31% of them being obese, and the proportion of overweight children tripling in recent times, identification and remediation of the cause of the increase in weight needs to be addressed. Causes include diet, hormones, sleep, advertising, brain and gut responses to satiety, and a new report targets the economics of unhealthy foods, i.e. they cost less. Researchers have found that healthier foods, i.e. fish, fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, etc, tend to cost far more than energy dense, high sugar and fatty foods, encouraging people to prefer the cheaper option and unavoidably targeting lower socioeconomic class. The aim of the study is to identify more successful ways to decrease the expanding waistlines and risk of diabetes that is facing developed countries.

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About: Dollars dictate diet

Date: 16 July 2005

Source: Science NewsOnline

Author: Janet Raloff


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